coppery


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cop·per 1

 (kŏp′ər)
n.
1. Symbol Cu A ductile, malleable, reddish-brown metallic element that is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is widely used for electrical wiring, water piping, and corrosion-resistant parts, either pure or in alloys such as brass and bronze. Atomic number 29; atomic weight 63.546; melting point 1,085°C; boiling point 2,562°C; specific gravity 8.96; valence 1, 2. See Periodic Table.
2. A coin, usually of small denomination, made of copper or a copper alloy.
3. Chiefly British A large cooking pot made of copper or often of iron.
4. Any of various small butterflies of the subfamily Lycaeninae, having predominantly copper-colored wings.
5. A reddish brown.
tr.v. cop·pered, cop·per·ing, cop·pers
1. To coat or finish with a layer of copper.
2. Slang To bet against, as in faro.

[Middle English coper, from Old English, from Late Latin cuprum, from Latin Cyprium (aes), Cyprian (metal), from Cyprius, of Cyprus, from Greek Kuprios, from Kupros, Cyprus.]

cop′per·y adj.

cop·per 2

 (kŏp′ər)
n. Slang
A police officer.

[From cop.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.coppery - of something having the color of copper
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations

coppery

[ˈkɒpərɪ] ADJcobreño; [colour] → cobrizo

coppery

[ˈkɒpəri] adj [colour, shade] → cuivré(e); [leaves] → cuivré(e)

coppery

References in classic literature ?
When he was a young man his hair and beard were red; his eyebrows were still coppery.
In front of them the Lys rolled its waters like a river of molten tin; while on the other side was a black mass of trees, profiled on a stormy sky, invaded by large coppery clouds which created a sort of twilight amid the night.
From the west sky a wrathful shine--all that wild March could afford in the way of sunset--had burst forth after the cloudy day, flooding the tired and sticky faces of the threshers, and dyeing them with a coppery light, as also the flapping garments of the women, which clung to them like dull flames.
His eyes were brighter than I had ever seen them, but slightly bloodshot, and a coppery flush tinged his clear, sunburnt skin.
She turned a coppery hue, then that portion of her surface which was unobscured as yet grew grey and ashen, and at length, as totality approached, her mountains and her plains were to be seen glowing luridly through a crimson gloom.
At touch of the man's hand upon her flesh the girl went pallid beneath her coppery skin, for the persons of the royal women of the courts of Mars are held but little less than sacred.
He was a huge fellow, standing I should say six feet six or seven inches, well developed and of a coppery red not unlike that of our own North American Indian, nor were his features dissimilar to theirs.
It was kind of Polly to say that, and Tom felt it; for his red crop was a tender point, and to be associated with Polly's pretty brown curls seemed to lessen its coppery glow.
And all night long, in the starlight pale, We sail away, with a pea-green sail, And whistle and warble a moony song To the echoing sound of a coppery gong.
Away in the distance before and behind, the green boughs, now turning in places to a coppery redness, shot their broad arches across the track.
The expression of this snake's face was hideous and fierce; the pupil consisted of a vertical slit in a mottled and coppery iris; the jaws were broad at the base, and the nose terminated in a triangular projection.
There were red, coppery gleams on the roofs of houses, on the corners of walls, on the panels of carriages, on the very coats of the horses, and on the broad back of Mr Verloc's overcoat, where they produced a dull effect of rustiness.